Millions of Americans have allergies, and sufferers know that living with allergies can be miserable. When the allergies are produced or concentrated in your home, it can be hard to find relief. Managing indoor allergies by improving your indoor air quality can have a big effect on your home comfort and health. Here are some of the most common allergy triggers, and what to do about them.
Household Allergy Triggers
Mold, mildew and fungal spores – Thriving in humid environments, these organisms can launch spores through your ducts to colonize in many parts of your home. Managing your indoor humidity using a whole-home dehumidifier or a standalone humidifier for problem areas can help control these allergens, as can UV lights that sterilize the air circulating through your home.
Dust – Dust is a catch-all term for a number of small particulates, including shed skin cells, dirt particles, food particles and more. Keeping your home clean with mops and vacuums goes a long way toward suppressing dust issues, as do air filtration systems and electrostatic air cleaning.
Dust mites – Dust mites are tiny insects that feed on dust, and their droppings are among the most common airborne allergy triggers in the U.S. They need both dust and high humidity to thrive, so managing the above issues will help suppress them and improve your indoor air quality.
Pet dander – Pet dander can irritate everyone, even people without pet allergies. If you have friends or family who suffer from pet allergies, controlling pet dander is even more important. In addition to cleaning regularly, be sure to change the air filter at least once a month, if not more often. Pet dander clogs a filter more quickly than other particulates.
Cockroaches and other insects – Roaches and other insects can invade your home, leaving droppings and pieces of carapace, which can negatively impact your health. What’s worse, many treatments for insect infestation introduce harsh chemicals into your air. Cut off insect food supplies and seal any gaps in walls and foundations to help control insect invasions.
Let JD’s AC teach you more about controlling allergy triggers and indoor air quality solutions available for Longview homeowners, or call us today at 903-374-4012.